Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres went the full 90 for the Panamanian National Team Friday night in a scoreless home draw against Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying.
The stars seemed to lineup for Panama in their quest to improve their chances of reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. However despite playing in Panama City's Rommel Fernández Stadium, the home side could not take advantage of a man-advantage for the final 30 minutes after Jamaica's Rodolph Austin received his second yellow card.
Panama outshot Jamaica 13-5 but could not get past Reggae Boyz and Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who made a diving save of a Torres shot early in the match. Panama's best chance came in the 40', when Torres' corner kick was re-directed towards goal by Román Torres only to see a Jamaican defender clear the ball off the goal line.
Even before the match ended, Honduras had defeated Mexico, 2-1, in Estadio Azteca, meaning a win for Panama would have jumped them over Mexico and into fourth place in the CONCACAF standings.
Panama will now travel to face Honduras on Tuesday, the same day Mexico travels to face the U.S. at Columbus Crew Stadium.
With three matches remaining for each team, the Hexagonal positions are as follows: Costa Rica (14 points), United States (13), Honduras (10), Mexico (8), Panama (7), and Jamaica (3).
The top three teams in the CONCACAF region qualify automatically for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the fourth place team playing a two-game series against New Zealand for a spot in the tournament.